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6 Travel Survival Tips, Which Can Actually Kill You!

6 Travel Survival Tips, Which Can Actually Kill You! Pixabay

If your exploring the prisitine wilderness and are faced with an unforeseen emergency, what would you do? Many might be tempted to step in the shoes of the legendary Bear Grylls and live their version of Man V/s Wild! For a trained soilder, Bear Grylls would survive anywhere with all the training he has, a traveller on the other hand must not be inspired by Hollywood or other 'reality' shows, which are primarily meant for entertainment. When you're at the mercy of mother nature, information, which true fighters and survivors have painstaking recorded through hard earned expereince, is your best friend. And it is this information that is so hard to acquire when there are so very many myths about survival going around. These myths need to busted before they kill anyone! 

6 Travel Survival Tips, Which Can Actually Kill You!:

  1. Agumbe (Karnataka)
  2. Kudremukh (Karnataka)
  3. Rajasthan
  4. Murudeshwara (Karnataka)
  5. Kutch (Gujarat)
  6. Kotagiri (Tamil Nadu)

Day 1. Suck the venom out of a snake bite!

Suck the venom out of a snake bite!source: gardenofeaden.blogspot.co.uk

This is seen in the old wild west movies and is still preached by some today. Do you have any idea how fast your blood stream is? You will only infect the wound with the bacteria in your saliva and might ingest some causing a different set of problems. Your best bet is to get to a hospital emergency room ASAP! If your exploring the realm of the King Cobra near Agumbe and are bitten by India's #1 killer reptile the Russell's viper, rush to the nearest hospital. Period. 

Day 2. When lost in the wild, finding food is the first you should do!

When lost in the wild, finding food is the first you should do!source: Mpora

Wandered off a trekking trail? Charged by a wild animal and have no clue where you are? Lost in the wild? Your first recourse SHOULD NOT be to find food, your body can survive for upto 6 weeks without food.

Your first steps should be to find or build a shelter safe from the local wildlife and protecting you from the elements. Next, find a good source of safe drinking water.

If you wander off the trail on the trek to the Kudremukh peak, do not panic. You are close to either the Tunga River, the Lakya dam or the Kyatanamakki power house. Find yourself a place, preferebly off the forest floor in the rainforest and close to one of the numerous streams. Look for game trails used by the local wildlife, they always lead to water. 

Day 3. Cacti have fluids that can save you from dying of thirst!

Cacti have fluids that can save you from dying of thirst!source: www.livescience.com

This is true only for a certain sub-specie of the barrel cactus. Drinking the fluids of other cacti can cause you to be severely ill, which is fatal in an already dehydrated situation. So next time your on an adventure in the Thar, make sure you carry enough drinking water, if you run out look for a water source do not risk the temptation of pretending to be a natural born survivor. 

Day 4. If a shark attacks you punch it in it's nose!

If a shark attacks you punch it in it's nose!source: www.dive-computer-wizard.com

Not only is trying to punch a shark in it's nose very difficult when its moving, it is rather pointless.

If you find yourself face to face with a shark, while diving off the beautiful island of Netrani in the Arabian sea while on vacation, put something solid between you and the animal and in case it comes to check you out, the only way to make it uncomfortable is to claw at its eyes or gills

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Day 5. Drinking your own pee will save you!

Drinking your own pee will save you!source: www.sciencealert.com

If you are ever get dehydrated, while say exploring the Rann of Kutch, and do not have fresh water do not get inspired by those reality survival shows you have seen on television and try drinking your own urine.

The toxins in the urine will put even more stress on your kidney causing all kinds of other problems. Your better off staying cool by using the pee to soak a washcloth for evaporative cooling till you find water. 

Day 6. If you're impaled by a knife or any other sharp object, pull it out!

If you're impaled by a knife or any other sharp object, pull it out!source: WordPress.com

Pulling out the object from your body will make you bleed out faster. Do a basic dressing of the area and keep the object stable untill medical help is accessible. If your on a trek in the Nilgiris and the camping left you injured, do not try to fix yourself untill you reach a nearby town like Kotagiri, where you have good medical aid. 

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